Ganduje: President Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War Remains On Course – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed claims that his association with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has diminished his commitment to the war against corruption.

The Presidency in a statement Thursday said that there is a difference between perception and reality.

According to the statement, which followed comments after the proclamation by President Buhari of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, at a rally in Kano, the presidency cited a number of high profile prosecution of senior government officials that a former Secretary to the Government and a former state governor who is a party member and now serving term in jail as indications of will and determination to wage the anti-corruption war without fear or favour.

It also added that the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, is currently on administrative leave as part of President Buhari’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

The statement explained that despite some of the suspects being close to the President, he had not shielded them from investigation, administrative suspensions and prosecution.

The Presidency added that it is sheer mischief to suggest that President Buhari is shielding anybody because of their closeness to him, explaining that no official under this administration would go unpunished once they break the law.

On the specific issue of Governor Ganduje of Kano State, the statement noted that Dr. Ganduje, as a sitting Governor, enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right. Furthermore, under Nigerian laws, a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

In the circumstances, the matter is in court and the President has no power to dictate to the court or the Kano State House of Assembly, which is already investigating the matter, about what to do with the allegations against Ganduje.

The Presidency added that it is unfair to ignore the larger picture of the President’s major successes in the war against corruption, including blocking leakages of corruption, which in turn, boosted government revenues.

The statement challenged President Buhari’s critics to prove that those facing corruption allegations are innocent, adding that the President’s zero tolerance for corruption has boosted and remarkably improved Nigeria’s image in the eyes of world leaders.

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Europe-Based Group Hails Ganduje, Kano APC, Lawmakers For Endorsing Direct Primaries

Kano citizens based in Europe under the aegis of Kano Elements Europe Circle (KEEC) commended the Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, lawmakers from the state at both the national and state levels and other major stakeholders, for endorsing the use of direct primaries in the forthcoming elections in 2019.

Contained in a letter sent to the governor, that was signed by the Coordinator General of the group, Abdullahi Maikano Jibrin, the group highlights some of the major benefits the state could could derive from the adopted primaries mode.

“The adoption of this system will boost the internal democracy in the party. Where party members will chose their leaders without let or hindrance. This is a perfect way of improving people participation in democratic process,” says the letter.

While appreciation some of the reasons why some states adopted indirect primaries unlike Kano, the letter observes that, “Kano’s mode and that of presidential primaries mode, which has since been announced to also be direct, is not a coincidence, but rather another way of showcasing how Kano is always ready to copy anything Buhari.”

“Because it is very clear to all that, Presidential primary election is deliberately being designed to be direct so as to involve all in the election process. That, in itself, is a  solid way of strengthening democracy. Kano’s Ganduje is very keen to take the strong and decisive decision along that line,” letter explains.

The group further believes that, the nature of Ganduje’s strong mind in making all democratic structures strong and virile, was also another fundamental reason why the governor made it possible for the state party leadership, legislators from the state and other major stakeholders, to accept the direct primaries mode.

They also believed that, responsible leaders are more likely to be produced by direct primary elections, insisting that, “…Kano has, for many years, been eluded from direct primary elections, only for the situation to be reversed for good, by governor Ganduje. This is a good omen for the survival of strong democracy in the state.”

“We are calling on all those who backed the amiable governor’s focused position on this all-important development, to kindly help in a healthy implementation of it. This decision, also brings into limelight how Ganduje’s people, like party leaders,

our distinguished Senators from Kano South and Kano senatorial districts, others members of both the national and state assemblies, alongside other stakeholders, are following the footsteps of the governor in the spirit of deepening democracy,” the letter highlights.

According to the letter, Kano would now continue to produce genuine political leaders through the decision of the stakeholders, all under the tutelage of governor Ganduje.

Emphasising that, “Governor Ganduje knows that, what he put in place, in infrastructural development and human development in the state, are what make him feel stronger and enthusiastic about allowing people’s choice to reign. Which culminated into the decision of direct primaries in the forthcoming elections.”

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